Liver Meridian

Ligou LR5 : Nomenclature, Location, Functions, Indications



Li: shell Gou: groove
The external shape of the gastrocnemius muscle looks like a shell and the point is in the groove, medial and anterior to it.

Point: LR-5
Chinese Name:蠡溝
Pinyin:lǐ gōu
English Name/Meaning: Woodworm Channel
Han Geul 한글: yeo gu 여구
Romaji: rei kō
Vietnamese: Lãi câu


On the medial aspect of the lower leg, 5 cun proximal to the highest prominence of the medial malleolus, just posterior to the medial crest of the tibia, between the crest of the tibia and the gastrocnemius muscle.


  • Spreads Liver Qi and regulates the Qi.
  • Clears damp heat in lower burner.
  • Eliminates ‘plum-pit’ Qi.
  • Moves Qi locally.

Indications of Ligou:

  • Disorders of Liver meridian:
    • Rebellious of Qi: Swollen of genitals and hernia
    • Excess: Persistent erection
    • Deficiency: Sudden itching of genitals
  • Reproductive system problems:
    • Female: irregular menstruation, dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea.
    • Male: seminal emission, premature ejaculation, loss of libido.
  • Urinary Problems: retention of urine, enuresis, dribbling.
  • Treating disorders in regions reached by the luo-connecting channel: (the Liver luo- connecting channel ascends to the genitals) the primary point on the channel to treat a wide variety of disorders affecting genitals area.
  • Treating psycho-emotional disorders: plum-pit Qi in the throat, depression, fright palpitations, fear and fright, worried oppression.


  • Perpendicular insertion 0.5 to 1 cun.
  • Oblique insertion directed proximally towards the abdomen, 1 to 2 cun.


  • Point of choice for Lower Burner (urinary, genital) problems.
  • Can be used to suppress sexual desire.
  • Luo Connecting Point.

Read about other points of Liver Meridian:

LR1-Dadun-大敦   LR2-Xingjian-行间    LR3-Taichong-太冲    LR4-Zhongfeng-中封      LR6-Zhongdu-中都   LR7-Xiguan-膝关    LR8-Ququan-曲泉    LR9-Yinbao- 阴包   LR10-Zuwuli-足五里    LR11-Yinlian-阴廉    LR12-Jimai-急脉    LR13-Zhangmen-章门    LR14-Qimen-期门


Dr. Ishwar Gyawali is Consultant Acupuncturist and Ayurveda Physician from Kathmandu, Nepal. He had completed BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery), a five and half year course on Ayurveda Medicine from Kirtipur Campus affiliated to Tribhuvan University ,Institute Of Medicine, Nepal under scholarship in 2011. He had completed his MD in TCM from Nanjing University Of Chinese Medicine in 2016 under scholarship of Ministry of Education, Nepal. With an experience of Serving for Government of Nepal for 2 years and private practise for more than 5 years, he has sound knowledge in Ayurveda as well as Chinese Medicine. He is a registered Doctor in NAMC (Nepal Ayurveda Medical Council ) both as a physician as well as TCM/Acupuncture Specialist.

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